The middle years are a time of great change, challenge and growth for all students. At Woodleigh these are years where students grow as individuals, develop their own interests and talents, and face and overcome all manner of educational and social hurdles unique to their age and peer groupings.
From Years 7–9, the curriculum at Woodleigh School is broad and comprehensive, providing a journey of discovery – of oneself and of the world. Based on core subjects and enriched as students progress through the school, it leads students to the acquisition of knowledge, the development of ideas and skills, and personal growth.
As a school of moderate size, Woodleigh School’s style of operation can remain personal and flexible. By knowing our students very well, Woodleigh is able to design learning programs that cater for a broad range of student needs. Extension and remedial programs in many subject areas cater for all learning ages and styles, and work toward achieving the best academic result for each student. The sense of comfort and personal safety one gets in a smaller environment, where one has a greater sense of being ‘known’, are also vital precursors to effective education.
In the middle secondary years, Woodleigh aims to develop personal competencies in students – confidence, independence, determination – which will see them able to make a smooth transition through VCE and on to adult life, tertiary education and employment.
The senior years at Woodleigh, Years 10, 11 and 12, are the business end – where our unique ‘V’ curriculum of increasing leadership, responsibility and independence prepares students for success in their VCE studies and in life beyond school. At senior level, balance between academic and co-curricular studies is maintained through the continuing Homestead and Activities (to Year 11) Programs. Leadership opportunities abound in all areas of school life and all students are encouraged to participate, be it through sport, Service, Homestead, Activities or other co-curricular programs.
In the senior years we develop a variety of individual learning pathways for our students. Subject options include a full range of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units, together with Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) subjects, school based apprenticeships and accelerated University studies to meet individual student needs.
Our Year 10 curriculum provides a strong foundation for VCE through a balanced, individually tailored academic and co-curricular program. VCE acceleration units are available to students who have shown sufficient ability and maturity in their studies.
Careers counselling enables students to clarify career aspirations, investigate career options and develop job skills. Career education is integrated within the total curriculum with attention focused on the world of work at Year 10 level. At VCE level, particular emphasis is placed upon selection of appropriate subjects and preparation for tertiary study or employment. Many students have also discovered vocational interests through the Activities Program.
At senior level, staff-student relationships are far more collegiate than in most other schools. Our VCE results are very strong and they continue to improve. Over 2011 and 2012, 30% of our Year 12 graduates achieved an ATAR score of 90+. In a non-selective entry, coeducational school, this is a most excellent result.
Woodleigh graduates end up in all manner of places across Australia and around the world, undertaking tertiary studies in a wide range of academic disciplines, gap years in Australia and overseas, volunteer work in Africa and Asia, TAFE pathways and apprenticeships – the paths these young adults take are as different and interesting as they themselves are.
Woodleigh students, no matter where they go, go with the skills, independence, resilience and maturity to find success.